Creative interventions in screenwriting: Embracing theme to unify and improve the collaborative development process

Batty, C 2013, 'Creative interventions in screenwriting: Embracing theme to unify and improve the collaborative development process', in Shane Strange and Kay Rozynski (ed.) The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers: The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013, Canberra, Austrralia, 25-27 November 2013, pp. 1-12.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Creative interventions in screenwriting: Embracing theme to unify and improve the collaborative development process
Author(s) Batty, C
Year 2013
Conference name The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs
Conference location Canberra, Austrralia
Conference dates 25-27 November 2013
Proceedings title The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers: The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013
Editor(s) Shane Strange and Kay Rozynski
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Canberrra, Australia
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract When developing a screenplay, theme is often overlooked by the writer. Or, as my experience as a script editor, script consultant and screenwriting lecturer suggests, writers struggle to articulate their themes, which impacts how the story is told. In a professional context where others are involved in progressing the work (writer, producer, director, script editor, etc.), this can stall and complicate the development process which can lead to work that is technically good but emotionally lacking: strong in craft but lacking in meaning. I suggest that embracing theme is an important creative intervention in the development process, encouraging writers to feel the story they want to tell so as to provide an emotionally authentic base from which it can be advanced. This paper thus argues that embracing theme in the collaborative development process of a screenplay will create stories that 'matter'. Putting craft and technology aside, the focus here is on asking deep, meaningful story questions to give a screenplay substance that can be understood and exploited by those working to develop it. This paper will provide insights into what story development is, experiences of working with writers and students on developing screenplays, and an account of a recent screenplay project where theme was integral to its development, thus providing ideas and tools for writers to feel their screenplays in order to successfully navigate the development process.
Subjects Film and Television
Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Cinema Studies
Keyword(s) Screenwriting
script development
Screenplay
Theme
Collaboration
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